Establish Specific Points of Contact
A major frustration voiced by veterans who have returned to school is that the process is overwhelming. It’s a known fact that the military is complex, full of bureaucracy, but this complex navigation is part of the veterans' training from the onset of their military careers. While very complicated, they are taught to understand it.3 This isn’t the case when having to start from the beginning in a collegiate environment.
Higher education institutions, like NLU, that offer specific points of contact within the college or university offices, such as admissions, financial aid, career services, spiritual counseling and academic advising, will make the experience that much easier for Veterans.
Veteran-Specific Learning Communities
By virtue of their backgrounds, student veterans generally do not connect with younger classmates who have not shared their experiences. Colleges and universities that offer veteran-specific classes find that servicemen and women are able to foster these relationships and enhance their educational success.1,2
Colleges and universities have developed partnerships to better respond to various student challenges. Those educational institutions also have tapped into other relationships to create integrated and comprehensive programs and services for student veterans and their families. This approach that fully addresses issues, including health care and employment, helps these veterans stay in college and fulfill their educational goals.
Veterans Do Have a Voice
Institutions are learning what works and what doesn’t work for veterans. By letting them have a say in policies and procedures, veterans will feel integrated and have a sense of contributing to improving programs and resources. A true sense of belonging makes the transition that much smoother.
Viable Tuition Options
The Post 9/11 GI Bill has changed the way benefits are disbursed, causing delayed educational financial assistance to veterans. Instead of adding to this frustrating process, colleges and universities are adopting tuition options as well as for the purchase of books and supplies.
National Louis University’s Veterans Program
Recognizing that veterans have spent their military career serving their country, National Louis University’s Veterans Program now serves them with a comprehensive array of programs and services. From career development services to financial aid, NLU helps veterans make a smooth transfer from military to academia and to a career in the civilian workplace.
As part of National Louis University’s Veterans Program, the Director of Armed Services and his team works with students to identify different support available to them through the University, including key partnerships.